Artists, Industry Toast Bob Kingsley’s 40th Anniversary

(L-R) Wade Jessen- Billboard, Teddy Gentry, Blair Garner-NASH/America's Morning Show, Bob Kingsley, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner, Lon Helton-Country Aircheck, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Pete Fisher- VP & General Manager, Grand Ole Opry

Pictured (L-R): Wade Jessen, ‘Billboard;’ Teddy Gentry; Blair Garner-NASH/America’s Morning Show; Bob Kingsley; Randy Owen; Steve Wariner; Lon Helton, ‘Country Aircheck;’ Trisha Yearwood; Garth Brooks; Pete Fisher, VP & General Manager, Grand Ole Opry

WestwoodOne syndicated host and Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present). Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality it was an event to celebrate him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference, well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening, which included 25-plus taped video messages, along with in-person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Stegall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Kingsley but also on their personal friendships.

He won CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year in 2001 and 2003, and the Academy of Country Music award for On-Air Personality-National in 2006. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard on more than 350 radio stations around the world. He is also an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

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